Taylor Szafran is a University of Florida student studying abroad for Spring 2017 in Nice, France. To learn more about her program, click here: SKEMA Business School – Engineering.
- What is your year and academic concentration?
I am a first year Industrial and Systems Engineering major, hoping to double major in Event Management.
- Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
Other than a couple cruises to foreign owned islands, I have travelled abroad once before. I was lucky enough my junior year of high school for a friend to invite me along on her senior trip. We visited Paris and a couple small towns in Germany. Ever since, I could not wait for the day I could go back.
- Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
I have never studied abroad before.
- Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I am studying at SKEMA Business School in Nice, France. Although I know absolutely no French, I fell in love with the French culture during my first trip abroad. The location is awesome! Not only will I be living five minutes from the beach, but I can hop on a train going nearly anywhere right outside of my apartment!
- What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
With SKEMA’s student population being over 30% international, I am looking forward to meeting people from all different cultures. My favorite aspect of visiting new places is experiencing them just as the locals do, and I hope that my new friends will show me their lifestyle! This means lots of adventures and great food! You can never forget the food…
- What are some of your interests and hobbies?
When first getting acquainted to UF’s campus, running was extremely helpful. I always discover new places and areas of campus that I would have never known about if I hadn’t run past. I hope to do the same in Nice! (Plus I’ll have to burn off all that gelato… to make room for more of course!) I have run a couple half marathons with my younger sister, which are not nearly as fun as they may sound. I also enjoy doing yoga, so I look forward to trying out a couple nearby classes while I’m abroad!